Category Europe

Winter Weg: Crab Island

Week 7: Part 3: Day 45 to 48 26th – 29th January, 2017 Addio Europe In the morning our couchsurfing host Massimo kindly offered us a lift to the airport, so with the car packed we set off to the nearby cafe to buy some snacks for the plane and have our last Italian coffee […]

Winter Weg: Roamin’ Rome

Week 7: Part 2: Day 44 & 45 25th & 26th January, 2017 Back into the Heart Today our generous host Massimo, accompanied us back into the city. First stop the magnificent Circus Maximus. Here the boys ran, squealed and jumped where once Rome’s finest racing chariot’s thundered by… We ascended Rome’s southernmost hill, the […]

Winter Weg: A Return to Roma

Week 7: Part 1: Day 42 & 43 23rd & 24th January, 2017 Day 42 of our “Winter Weg” trip saw us wave good-bye to our good friends in pleasant Pesaro and hitting the rails for the last time. We reflected that we had come all the way from Copenhagen (including our train being carried […]

Winter Weg: Snowin’ Urbino

Week 6: Part 4: Day 41 21st January, 2017 One of our planned goals when visiting this region was a day trip to the hometown of the artist Raphael and the architect Donato Bramante – the remote town of Urbino. Today, with our host’s son Oliver as our local guide, the seven of us set […]

Winter Weg: Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Week 6: Part 3: Day 39 – 41 19th – 21st January, 2017 Addio Venizia We awoke to our last morning in Venice, packed out gear and left our beloved Venice apartment. With a little time on our hands, we stored our bags at a nearby hotel and took our chance to explore the nearby […]

Winter Weg: Besty in Bologna

Week 6: Part 2: Day 38 The Bologna Chapter 18th January, 2017 Before this trip, Reuben had a best friend in school for many years named Cormac. As a result we became friends with Cormac’s lovely family including Sonia his mum. They lived near our home in Perth. Due to work and a desire for […]

Winter Weg: 8 Free Secrets Revealed – One Day in Venice

Week 6: Part 2: Day 37 17th January, 2017 Today we were determined to seek out Venice’s best kept secrets and luckily they also came with no expense… Ssh let’s keep them to ourselves… 1. Venetian Glass Roman experience, Byzantine period skills and trade with the Orient led to Venice being a glass-manufacturing centre. One […]

Winter Weg: La Serenissima

Week 6: Part 1: Day 34 & 35 15th January, 2017 – 16th January, 2017 Graham and Prunella had last visited Venice in 2000 whilst on their 14 month honeymoon. So it was with a real sense of romance that they looked forward to being here again. Back then when their love story had begun, they […]

Winter Weg: Riding the Rails to Naked David

Week 5: Part 2: Day 32 – Day 34 13th January, 2017 – 15th January, 2017 Today we were destined for Florence but not before we catch a glimpse of the spectacular Cinque Terre and give Pamela a little surprise on the way. Although we would view some stunning vistas of the Liguria region from the train, to immerse in the rugged coastline, we chose to […]

Winter Weg: La Superba “the Proud one”

Week 5: Part 1: Day 29 – Day 32 10th January, 2017 – 13th January, 2017 This morning meant an early start as we packed last minute items to leave the bosom and warmth of our country hosts, heading again to the brighter city lights. This time through Paris, via Lyon to Genoa. As had happened when […]

Winter Weg: We’ll Always Have Paris

Week 4: Part 2: Day 25 – Day 28 6th January, 2017 – 9th January, 2017 After the delights of Troyes. We left for Paris landing at the Gare de l’Est. We ate a generous cheap meal at a kebab shop across the road from the train station. Be assured that kebab shops are the cheapest place for a […]

Winter Weg: Visiting Freddy

Week 3: Day 15 – Day 21 27nd December, 2016 – 2nd January, 2017 Chalet Shenanigans It was lovely to wake up to a crisp sunny morning in the Alps of Switzerland. We felt lucky to have this opportunity to enjoy yet another stunning part of Switzerland with our friends. We first met couchsurfers Susanna, […]

Winter Weg: The Frozen North

Week 2: Day 7 – Day 14 20th – 26th December 2016 Arriving in Europe On arrival in Denmark, we blearily stepped off the plane into a cold wintry evening.  The cold seeps in through the gaps in the airport bubble where the plane meets the ground. Airport staff joke in Danish.  The airport is […]

Winter Weg: Shovel or Make Snow Angels?

Hello World… Hope you are well and dreaming of adventure. We are 🙂 It has been a while. A bit has happened since out last Sabretoothed Chickens family trip to Sumatra in April 2015. In terms of this little blog, it has now reached over 32000 hits and has amost 150 followers. Our facebook fan page […]

Week 50 – Battered Suitcases on the Sidewalk

4th till 10th August, 2014 Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. – Jack Kerouac Heading to Greenwich On our last morning in Oldham, we cooked a huge English breakfast to thank Suzanne and Kieran for their hospitality. Besides the […]

All together now

Week 49 – Friendships Renewed

28th July – 3rd August 2014 Unification On Monday Graham arrived back in Dublin, forty-five minutes early, thanks to a stiff Atlantic tailwind pushing the Aer Lingus flight briskly eastwards.  Not bad, but since this flight thus arrives at Dublin at 0450, this means an hour or so waiting at the airport for the first […]

Week 48 East: Cheshire to Denbighshire

July 20th till 27th, 2014 Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard Chester The Black-and-white Revival was an architectural movement from the middle of the 19th century which re-used the vernacular elements of the past, using […]

Empire Sunset

Week 47 West – A Transatlantic Escapade

14th – 20th July 2014  (Graham) A solo side-trip This week I’m striking out west.  Some time ago in an idle email I mentioned to my ex-colleague and friend Dirk that we’d be in Europe in the northern summer.  He equally casually suggested we head over to New York City, where he has created an […]

Week 47 East: The Lakes to Liverpool – Part 2/2

July 16th till 19th 2014 The general at the radar screen he should have got the sack But that wouldn’t bring Three thousand million, seven hundred, and sixty-eight people back, Would it? Icarus Allsorts, from The Mersey Sound (1967) So from the quiet green of The Lakes we entered the hip urban city of Liverpool. […]

Week 47 East: The Lakes to Liverpool – Part 1/2

13th till 16th of July, 2014 On week 47 of our tour, I scheduled a surprise for the boys. A few days with no gadgets, no TV, no electricity even. Some surprise, huh? An all back to nature, All camping, all hiking, all campfire – boys own adventure – in a gypsy caravan. Day 1 […]

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